Blood of the Dawn

Claudia Salazar Jiménez Elizabeth Bryer


Blood of the Dawn

Blood of the Dawn

  • Title: Blood of the Dawn
  • Author: Claudia Salazar Jiménez Elizabeth Bryer
  • ISBN: 9781941920428
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback



Blood of the Dawn follows three women whose lives intertwine and are ripped apart during what s known as the time of fear in Peruvian history when the Shining Path militant insurgency was at its peak The novel rewrites the conflict through the voice of women, activating memory through a mixture of politics, desire, and pain in a lucid and brutal prose.Claudia Salazar JiBlood of the Dawn follows three women whose lives intertwine and are ripped apart during what s known as the time of fear in Peruvian history when the Shining Path militant insurgency was at its peak The novel rewrites the conflict through the voice of women, activating memory through a mixture of politics, desire, and pain in a lucid and brutal prose.Claudia Salazar Jim nez b 1975, Lima, Peru , critic, scholar, and author, founded PERUFEST, the first Peruvian film festival in New York, where she lives, and won the 2014 Americas Narrative Prize for her debut novel, Blood of the Dawn.


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Blood of the Dawn is the debut novella by Peruvian literary critic Claudia Salazar Jimenez. I read an English translation by Elizabeth Bryer, available through Deep Vellum, a non profit organization which translates books by people around the globe into English. In Blood of the Dawn, Salazar describes the 1980s Shining Path insurgency through the eyes of three diverse women. In these voices, readers will see the violence of peasant, communist uprising brought to light. Before the fall of the Sov [...]

This novel isn't for everyone. It won't be a 4-star read for everyone. It was for me. It asks only a couple of hours of time. It forces the reader to acknowledge what women experienced during the Shining Path insurrection in Peru between 1983 and 1992. If your first response to the preceding sentence is, " the what?" you may be a reader this novel touches deeply, and teaches much. Know that the violence is detailed, horrifying, inescapable, unforgettable and necessary.

I've read of political violence and state terrorism before, but not from within such a female perspective. Early on a woman leaves her family to become a resistance fighter and it occurred to me while reading it that I had read so many times of a man going off to war while the woman stays home with the children, a trope so often repeated that it feels natural, and yet here the woman goes, and she is so much a mother, and her choice feels wrenching and unnatural, part of the terror of the times. [...]

A novella that really punches your face. It's about the dark and quite recent history of Peru. I didn't know that in the 1980s, an extreme Communist group called "Sendero Luminoso" (translated Shining Path) formed in the mountains of Peru and led a war against the Peruvian government. They were inspired by the thoughts of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and wanted to bring down bourgeois democracy in favor of a "dictatorship of the proletariat". They terrorized the Peruvian state, but most of their vict [...]

This is a translation from a Peruvian author by Dallas-based publisher Deep Vellum. It looks like most of their books are translated works. I am not familiar with the revolution in Peru, but that doesn't matter. This chronicles women involved in the movement in various ways. The chapters are short and the stories compelling. There are sections written without punctuation. Normally this is irritating to me, but here it works. I am glad I ran across this one on my library's website.

This slim novel (novella?) deals with the period of violence in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s from the perspective of three different women. In this respect, I think there is a difference whether you are a Peruvian reader or someone who has background knowledge about the period, or an English-speaking reader who might not be aware of what Peru went through at that time (a Communist insurgency brutally repressed by the State, with the indigenous population caught in the middle, and around 70,000 de [...]

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This was a 3.5 read for me.Thoughts coming shortly.

An absolutely heartbreaking and stunning novel set during the time of the Shining Path insurgency told through the voices of three women: a revolutionary true-believer, a Quechua villager, and an upper-class reporter/photographer. Brutal, pain-soaked, and surreal. TW for rape, which is an unavoidable event during this period in Peru.

Completely brutal and necessary. I really appreciated the translator's notes on this one -- sections of this are so poetic that I was curious about how the translator chose to evoke the language.

fucked up

I agree with many of the reviews on this site. This book isn't for everyone.Reading Blood of the Dawn just a few days after reading Open Veins of Latin America doesn't come a shock. However Jimenez reduces overarching themes into experiences of three women who deal with violence incited by politics. The extent to which humanity can inflict and endure brutality is always surprising.

Gripping, knife-thrust of a novel. Unclean, unfiltered, unashamed. I hadn't previously known of the Peruvian revolutionary struggles but now I can't, and wouldn't, forget them. Props to the author, translator, and Deep Vellum for bringing this to light.

This was a very interesting book. It took a bit to get into it because of the writing style: it kept switching between characters and there sections where it was just words with no structure. Once I got used to the style, it flowed better. The writing is spare, but extremely evocative. I was totally able to picture everything the author described. After I got to the end, I got why the author wrote it the way she did. The best part I liked about the book was that it was war totally through a woma [...]

Creo que esta novela de Salazar Jiménez merece 3.5. Es interesante la construcción de sus tres personajes femeninos, tan diferentes pero, a la vez, unidos en su condición de mujeres frente al poder, al abuso de poder del otro, ese otro masculino. Además, su propuesta del lenguaje, cómo usarlo cuando realmente las palabras no contienen significado para describir, contribuye con la narración. Para ser su primera novela, creo que veremos a una autora que nos irá sorprendiendo.

La historia, como tal, no es mala pero no me gustó su manera de redactar obviando comas y puntos. Hay partes que son copy-paste entre sí. Todo esto se nota que tuvo una intención de impactar al lector pero al menos a mí solo me causó molestia, ya que me cortaba la ilación de la lectura.

I was a member of a forum dedicated to a particular guitarist that had "sendero luminoso" scrawled on one of his guitars and when questioned by a Peruvian member (in a rare occasion we had to pose questions) about their horrific acts his response seemed to hand-wave those acts away.

I liked how purposefully disorienting it was

Harrowing. Very difficult to read in parts but captures the brutality of a horrific period.

some great early lovemaking scenes with the main female characters, I love the peruvian animist cultural stuff. but just too disjointed grammatically for me and I can't take the rape scenes, very very hard to read.

Chantajeando a la academia.


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